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GOP Senate hopefuls optimistic ahead of caucuses

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Posted at 12:00 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 02:00:51-05

A crowded slate of Republicans launched their effort to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet with a surprising tone of optimism in their first and last forum before meeting voters.

Seven candidates who met for a forum at the University of Denver on Thursday laid out a common theme -- we may not be well-known, but we can win.

The Colorado GOP faces an uphill battle knocking off Bennet, who is seeking a second term. That's because none of the GOP candidates has held federal office before, and none has anywhere close to Bennet's bankroll.

The candidates angled for support in Colorado's March 1 caucuses. Caucus-goers won't choose Senate candidates, but they'll start picking delegates to the state GOP convention in April. That's where Republicans will choose three Senate candidates guaranteed to make a June primary.

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